Angelina Jolie Will Direct Poaching Tale Africa
A new true-life story
With Unbroken, her second directorial effort set to hit cinemas later this year, Angelina Jolie is already at work on her third, By The Sea which co-stars hubby Brad Pitt. And she’s now locked in a fourth, targeting another true-life story with Africa.
Eric Roth has written the script, based on the true story of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey and his battle with the ivory poachers who threatened the African elephant population. The emotional story appears to capture a real movement in Hollywood at the moment: Tom Hardy, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio are all developing another anti-poaching drama. But Jolie’s attachment to this Skydance Productions films means it’ll have an even higher profile.
“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him,” Jolie says in a statement carried by Variety. She has Unbroken cinematographer Roger Deakins already on board, but other details will likely have to wait until she’s finished on By The Sea.
Unbroken, the story of Olympic sprinter and World War II POW Louis Zamperini, heads to Australian cinemas on January 8 next year.